Rolex Datejust 16019 'Wood'
We were going to make a joke about this watch but couldn’t come up with one that wood work.
Rolex DatejustIn 1945 Rolex created the flagship Datejust to mark the company’s 40th anniversary.
We were going to make a joke about this watch but couldn’t come up with one that wood work. Get it? Wood work..?We have to admit that was lame. But this watch really doesn’t need a comedic introduction anyway. We’ve had a fair share of yellow gold Day-Dates with wood dials and even an uncommon white gold one. But we had never seen a white gold Datejust with wood dial in the flesh. In fact, only a handful have ever come to market or have been documented in the watch literature. So you can imagine how exceptional this watch is.This ref. 16019 Datejust from 1983 is executed in a 36 mm 18k white gold case with matching fluted bezel. Moreover, the watch comes on a rare and exceptionally well preserved 18k white gold riveted Oyster bracelet.The real star of the show, of course, is the stunning dial made from burl wood. The nerf in burl wood is made up of complex twists, spirals, and swirls that create unique wood grain patterns. The beautiful wood dial features applied 18k white gold baton markers and long painted minute markers in between.This 16019 is in excellent condition with a thick case, sharp edges, and super tight bracelet.
Rolex DatejustIn 1945 Rolex created the flagship Datejust to mark the company’s 40th anniversary. This model was the world’s first self-winding wristwatch with a date indication. With the Datejust, Rolex also introduced the iconic 5-piece jubilee bracelet, first in solid gold and later in bicolor and stainless steel. On the tenth anniversary of the Datejust in 1955, the magnifying ‘cyclops lens’ was introduced on the Datejust.Ref. 16xxxThe Datejust 16xxx (5 digits) references were introduced in the late 1970s and are easily recognizable by their flat dials (as opposed to the pie-pan dials of the 16xx series). This ‘newer’ Datejust introduced the updated calibre 3035 self-winding movement with a handy quick set date function.